TireFlip is a fantastic tool for metabolic conditioning. The starting weight is 100 pounds, and it’s plate-loadable up to 180. Rubber stoppers keep things relatively quiet, and the dual battle-rope anchor points make it versatile.
A gym I go to has one of these. While it’s not going to get you ready to flip tires at a strongman-style competition (technique would be different), I really dig it. My current conditioning day workout with it:
Warm-Up: 10 Flips. Flip, walk to other side, flip it back, repeat. Be causal about it. Set 1: 25 Flips. Get nasty. Move fast but controlled. Set 2-5: 10 Flips With Jumps: Flip, jump over it, flip back, repeat. Also nasty.* Set 6: 25 Flips: Standard flips again, walking from side to side.
The flipping machine I use can be loaded up with about 80 additional pounds, but I seldom add load for metcon.
Another fun one if you’re an older fart: flip your age. So I did 52 straight flips back in December for giggles.
Got a training partner? Post up on each end. Just flip each other off and see who quits first.
Flips With Jumps: Careful with fatigue. One missed jump and you’ll face-plant. Think you can do 15? Then do 10-12 and just be more explosive about it.
You have a point there. As a former Texan, I kinda miss the “explosive plyometric T boost” you get when almost stepping on a rattler. Although maybe that’s a cortisol boost since it takes about 3 hours to come down from those fun encounters.
You could fill the tire with low density cement - slightly extra weight and no snakes.
I used to participate in the “cement canoe” contest in college - be surprised how light you can actually make that stuff.
Edit: May crack after repeated use. I hold no responsibility for artificial stones crushing toes/fingers.
Not sure how much weight it would add. I googled low density cement and it said 115lbs/cubic ft.
The tire itself weighs around 300lbs? It’s used so we will have to take off some for wear.
Pretty sure I couldn’t even move it then.
I was at a restaurant/bar in Dallas once where they were having a strongman demonstration out in the parking lot. They held a contest where anyone who could flip their tire would get a bucket o’ longnecks.
I considered it. I knew how to flip a tire. But I didn’t know the weight. And I wondered if the bar decided they didn’t want to give away that many beers so they asked the strongmen to make sure they didn’t have to. So I chickened out.
Anyway, I watched two guys absolutely wreck their backs. One finally got it, one didn’t. Twenty years later, I still wonder if I coulda flipped that thing.